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Former UAF star Oleson one win away from title

Van Williams | Alaska Sports Hall of FameAlaska Sports Hall of Fame

Barcelona and Brad Oleson of North Pole need just one more win to call themselves champions of the Spanish League. Barcelona beat Real Madrid 73-62 in Game 4 of the Finals to force a winner-take-all Game 5 on Wednesday.

Oleson, the former University of Alaska Fairbanks star, scored seven points. He has averaged 9.2 points in the series. The 6-foot-3, 30-year-old playmaker starts at shooting guard.

In Game 2, Oleson keyed a 72-71 victory by sinking the winning free throws and finishing with 14 points and four assists.

He is no stranger to the Spanish Finals. In 2010, he led underdog Caja Laboral to a stunning upset of top-ranked Barcelona.

This year, Oleson was traded from Caja Laboral to Barcelona, where he has averaged 9.5 points on 51 percent shooting in 24 games.

Barcelona is 19-5 with Oleson in the lineup.

Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at